Mustang High School Senior Morgan Askeland Named National Merit Scholar
(Mustang, Oklahoma – June 5, 2020) – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced over 3,300 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities, and one Mustang High School student, Morgan Askeland, is among the recipients.
Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners announced today are a part of the distinguished group of about 7,600 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $30 million.
Morgan qualified for National Merit status by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last year as an 11th grader; her scores ranked among the 16,000 highest among over 1.6 million test-takers from over 21,000 high schools across the country. The highest-scoring students in each state represent the pool of semifinalists who, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, represent less than 1% of United States high school seniors. The National Merit Scholarship winners, deemed Merit Scholars, are chosen on the basis of accomplishments, skills and potential for college success, and are selected from a group of just under 15,000 finalists. Additional recipients of college-sponsored awards will be announced on July 13. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,600 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million.
High school students interested in applying in future years need to talk to their school counselor to make arrangements to take the PSAT/NMSQT test. Registration is through the high school and not by the students.
About National Merit
Established in 1955, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. NMSC is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and contributions to NMSC are tax deductible by the donor. NMSC conducts the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships. For information on the competition, bit.ly/2lOoQr3
About Mustang Public Schools
The Mustang Public School District covers 69 square miles in Oklahoma and Canadian counties with the City of Mustang at its center. The district is the largest employer in Canadian County, with more than 1,000 employees, including both support personnel and certified personnel. The school district offers a comprehensive compensation package for full-time employees, in addition to a satisfying working environment. There are eight elementary schools (grades PreK-4), three intermediate centers (grades 5-6), three middle schools (grades 7-8), one high school (grades 9-12) and an educational center which houses pre-kindergarten and alternative education.
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